Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Preparing for Baby- a much different experience the 2nd time around!


The extent of baby D's nursery
progress at 32 weeks.

So here we are on the homestretch, baby D is almost here! That's the good news... the bad news? We are SO not ready yet. I have to chuckle at the difference between the first baby and the second. With the first you have so much time to prepare. Your entire day is spent oohing and aahing over clothes, searching every baby store in town for swings and bottles, painstakingly picking out paint colors for the room. I mean we had the crib ordered, shipped, and put together by the time I was TWELVE weeks pregnant last time!!!

The second, on the otherhand, is quite a bit different to say the least. We do have a crib... as of 4 days ago. We do have the room painted... half way... as of 4 days ago. And I have a lamp. And I'm 8 months pregnant! Just a *slight difference. I couldn't imagine why...?? Oh that's right... let me introduce you to why... the BIG brother :)

I made the mistake of trying to paint the room while he was awake... he was a great "helper" brushing the wet trim like mommy, flipping the wet paint lid onto the floor, grabbing the roller and painting the carpet white, oh and by the way paint tastes really good I guess and looks great on a nice new outfit. This all occured in a matter of 20 seconds......

end of painting attempt!

There's just no way to get the necessary things in order with HL running around and nap time is NOT long enough to really accomplish anything! Being occupied with caring for a 1 year old just kinda gets in the way of preparing for the sibling no matter how hard you try. First off, pregnancy is no cake walk. It's hard on the body and it's REALLY hard on the body when you have to pick up a toddler all day long, lift them to changing tables, put them in and out of cars, crawl around on the ground with them. Those mid day naps you enjoyed the first time around are non existent when you have a kid to take care of. Physically it's rough and mentally it's more rough because a 16 month old is starting the whole tantrum, independence, drop 1 nap, aka handful phase.

And this my dears is exactly why I am 8 months pregnant and praying to make it to AT LEAST 40 weeks (preferably 41)so that we have some more time to prepare. Poor baby D, he doesn't have a clue what he's in for haa! But even if it kills me the kid WILL have a nice complete nursery and clean clothes hanging in the closet even if it means hanging window treatments in between contractions before getting to the hospital!

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